Summary Of The Tragic Risks Of American Football

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In the United States, athletes around the country suffer from about 3,800,000 brain injuries per year. American football, though, is responsible for about fifty-four percent of those injuries (Head-Case). Personally, I do not know why a person would want to participate in a sport with such high risks of injury. There are precautions that you can take to try to avoid a head injury like wearing a helmet or tackling in the right manor, but that obviously is not enough. There are more cases than you think of young football players experiencing traumatic brain injuries, TBI’s, and more and more retired National Football League players are feeling the results of the multiple collisions in their careers. Yes, it is the new “America’s pastime”, but in my eyes entertainment is not worth the potential brain trauma.
Helmets are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting the brain of a football player. Even though helmets cut down the risk of getting a concussion by quite a lot, they
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During the playoffs for his high school team, Stover was hit in the head which made him collapse on the field and subsequently caused his death a few weeks later. Then the article goes on to state, about how unaware most people are about concussions and head trauma (Gregory). A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, happens when an outside force causes the brain to dysfunction (Mayo Clinic). Researchers from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research found that from July 1990 to June 2010 there were 243 high school football player deaths. 62 of those deaths were brain injury related (Reuters). Although, there are millions of high school football players between 1990 and 2010, 243 deaths is still a high number. Yes, dying from a brain injury is not something people see every day on the football field, but it still happens more than it

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